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  • From: "Bors, Bob" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Bush cherry suckers
  • Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2023 19:43:53 +0000

Hi Jay,

Assuming it is on its own roots (which it should be) it is best to let
suckers grow up. They will eventually replace the original trunk when it
needs to be replaced. But you can also use them to make a wider bush than you
currently have.
Older trunks eventually become unproductive with many 'blind branches' and
are more susceptible to winter damage. Cherry trees either have buds that
make fruit or leaves, not both.
After years of production you can get 4ft long branches with no leaves along
most of it with a tuft of a dozen leaves or so at the end. That's because
those branches had made fruits or flowers and are incapable of generating
leaves on side shoots.

When we had severe cold (-50C) it was the oldest trunks on our bushes that
died on almost every bush. But because we had multi-trunk bushes we didn't
lose a single bush. Younger trunks and branches survived.


Dr. Bob Bors
Assistant Professor
Head of the Fruit Program
Dept of Plant Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A8

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I have a Carmine Jewel that has been producing a lot of good fruit.

The plant is sending up quite a number of suckers.

Is it ok to let the suckers grow and develop into a stand or is it better for
fruit production to remove the suckers (and hopefully replant them, as this
particular CJ seems to have some better qualities)?




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